How to Change Mac Address on Windows 10

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to change the MAC address on Windows 10. Whether you need to change your MAC address for privacy reasons or to troubleshoot network connectivity issues, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.

What is a MAC Address?

A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a unique identifier assigned to each network interface card (NIC) or adapter. It consists of six pairs of hexadecimal digits separated by colons or hyphens, such as 00:1A:2B:3C:4D:5E. The MAC address is embedded in the hardware and is used for communication at the data link layer of the OSI model.

Determining Your Current MAC Address

To change your MAC address, you first need to determine your current one. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Press Win + X on your keyboard and select “Device Manager” from the menu that appears.
  2. Step 2: In the Device Manager window, expand the “Network adapters” section.
  3. Step 3: Right-click on your network adapter and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  4. Step 4: In the Properties window, go to the “Advanced” tab.
  5. Step 5: Look for an option called “Network Address”, “Locally Administered Address”, or something similar. This option allows you to specify a custom MAC address.
    • Note:If you don’t see any such option, it means your network adapter does not support changing the MAC address.
  6. Step 6: Take note of your current MAC address, as you may need it later.

Changing Your MAC Address

Once you have determined your current MAC address, you can proceed with changing it. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Press Win + X on your keyboard and select “Network Connections” from the menu that appears.
  2. Step 2: In the Network Connections window, right-click on your network adapter and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  3. Step 3: In the Properties window, go to the “Networking” tab.
  4. Step 4: Click on the “Configure” button next to your network adapter’s name.
  5. Step 5: In the Adapter Properties window, go to the “Advanced” tab.
  6. Step 6: Look for an option called “Network Address”, “Locally Administered Address”, or something similar. Enable this option.
  7. Step 7: Enter a new MAC address in the designated field.

    You can specify any valid MAC address that hasn’t been assigned to another device within your network.

    • Note: MAC addresses are typically written in hexadecimal format and separated by colons or hyphens. For example, 00:1A:2B:3C:4D:5E.
  8. Step 8: Click “OK” to save the changes.

Verifying the MAC Address Change

To verify if the MAC address has been successfully changed, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open a Command Prompt window by pressing Win + R, typing “cmd”, and pressing Enter.
  2. Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter.
  3. Step 3: Look for your network adapter in the list of network connections and check if the “Physical Address” matches the new MAC address you set.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your MAC address on Windows 10. Remember to use this knowledge responsibly and only make changes when necessary.

Please note that changing your MAC address may have unintended consequences, such as breaking network connectivity or violating network policies. Proceed at your own risk.

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